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Parmesan cream sauce

Easy Parmesan Cream Sauce (10 Minutes!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup or enough for 8 ounces pasta 1x


Here’s a quick and easy Parmesan cream sauce that makes pasta taste simply divine! It uses just a ingredients you might already have on hand.


  • 1 tablespoon salted butter* (double all ingredients to serve with 1 pound pasta)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Measure out all ingredients in advance; the cooking process happens fast! If serving with pasta, cook 8 ounces pasta while you make the sauce.
  2. In a small or medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the grated garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant but not browned.
  3. Add the flour and whisk constantly for 1 minute to 90 seconds, until bubbly and golden. Do not overcook it: the flour can turn brown within a few seconds. Keep an eye on it!
  4. Add a splash of milk and whisk it in: the sauce will instantly turn chunky. Constantly whisking, continue to add splashes of milk and whisk them in until the entire quantity is incorporated and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Reduce the heat and whisk until the sauce thickens and no longer tastes like raw flour, about 5 minutes. Add the salt and Parmesan cheese. Taste and add a pinch or two more salt if desired.
  6. If serving with pasta, drain the pasta, then add the sauce. Add a splash or two of milk to loosen the sauce and come to just the right creamy consistency. Taste and a few more pinches of salt, if necessary. (The sauce is best freshly made, so we don’t recommend making it in advance).
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Parmesan cream sauce